Hans Christian Andersen was the first
Danish author to emerge from the lowest class.
He enjoyed fame as a novelist, dramatist, and poet,
but his fairy tales are his greatest contribution
to world literature.
All Levels in the Academy participate in this delightful event — from 3-year-old Pre-Ballet students through the upper division's most advanced dancers, and the show often includes upwards of 150 dancers. Many audience members enjoy attending each year to watch young talent develop and grow up through the Academy ranks. The majority of Inland Pacific Ballet's professional Company Dancers grew up through the Academy and gained valuable performing experience dancing in the Academy Recitals where dancers can cut their teeth on roles that groom them for the challenges they will face as professionals.
There are many "firsts" for the students each year — it can be their first time on stage, first time wearing a tutu, first time performing on pointe, dancing a solo or dancing a principal role. Mostly it is a joyful celebration of all of the hard work and dedication the students — and families — have accomplished throughout the year and a chance for the Academy students to shine and share their art with family, friends and the community.